Dental Crowns :
- Crown strengthen and protect your tooth, as well as greatly improve your smile.
- A crown covers the tooth completely, filling on to the gum and protecting your tooth from further damage.
- If your tooth damaged to the point where it can no longer holding a filling, a crown may be necessary.
Why is a Dental Crown Needed :
A dental crown may be needed in the following situations.
- To protect on weak tooth (for instance, from decay) from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth.
- To restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely wore down.
- To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t a lot of tooth left.
- To hold a dental bridge in place.
- To cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment.
- To cover misshapen or severely discolored teeth.
- To cover a dental implant.
Dental Bridges :
A tooth bridge is a restorative structure that is used to replace missing teeth. Gaps left by missing teeth eventually cause the remaining teeth to rotate or shift into the empty spaces, resulting into bad bite. The imbalance caused by missing teeth can also lead to gum disease and temporomandibular joint “(TMJ) disorders.
Bridges are commonly used to replace one or more missing teeth. They span the space where the teeth are missing. Bridges are cemented to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the empty space. These teeth called abutments, serve as anchor for the bridge. A replacement tooth, called a pontic, is attached to the crowns that cover the abutments.
How are Crowns And Bridges Made :
Before either a crown or a bridge can be made, the tooth (or teeth) must be reduced in size so that the crown or bridge will fit over it properly. After reducing the tooth/ teeth, your dentist will take an impression to provide an exact mold for the crown or bridge. If porcelain is to be used, your dentist will determine the correct shade for the crown or bridge to match the color of your existing teeth.
Using this impression, a dental lab then makes your crown or bridge, in the material your dentist specifies. A temporary crown or bridge will be put in place to cover the prepared tooth while the permanent crown or bridge is being made. When the permanent crown or bridge is ready, the temporary crown or bridge is removed and the new crown or bridge is cemented over your prepared tooth or teeth.
How Long To Crown and Bridges Last :
While crown and bridges can last a life time, they do sometimes come loose or fall out. The most important step you can take to ensure the longevity of your crown or bridge is to practice good oral hygiene. A bridge can lose its support if the teeth or bone holding it in place are damaged by dental disease. Keep your teeth and gums healthy by brushing with fluoride tooth paste twice a day and flossing daily. Also see your dentist and hygienist regularly for checkups and professional cleanings.
To prevent damage to your new crown or bridge avoid chewing hard foods, icc or other hard objects.